Marisol Franco is a first generation Mexican/Xicana-identified, intersectional feminist raised in a Los Angeles working class immigrant neighborhood. As the Director of Programs, Marisol is responsible for leading curriculum and program development for the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)-State, WPI-Local, and Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute. Marisol passionately believes all people have the right to a living wage, healthy community, health care, education, and affordable housing. She also believes that changing the world must also include changing oneself, and thus focuses energy on practicing and integrating transformational leadership and mind-body-spirit approaches.
Previously, Marisol was with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice’s (CLRJ) as the Associate Director of Programs and is also one of its founding members. In that role, Marisol oversaw CLRJ’s programmatic efforts to ensure alignment and advancement of CLRJ’s mission. At CLRJ, Marisol promoted Latinas’ reproductive justice by strategizing and working to advance state and federal policy and connecting Latinx communities across California to these policy efforts and decision-makers. Marisol has significant experience in community mobilization and empowerment, including training community leaders, conducting policy analysis, coalition building, organizing advocacy efforts and campaigns on statewide, national and regional issues. Throughout her work, Marisol has also honed her skills in project management, strategic planning, and fundraising.
Marisol is a Women’s Policy Institute Alum from the class of 2006. In 2009, Marisol was recognized as Emerging Leader of the Year by the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. In addition, Marisol has participated in various trainings and study groups including, Art Of War with Norma Wong, the Los Angeles Community of Practice, the Midwest Academy “Organizing for Social Change”, and CompassPoint Next Generation Leaders of Color. Marisol graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies. Marisol can be found making Northern California her new home with her spunky dog, Luna, and dreaming of her next travel adventure.